“A season to be proud of” was the opening statement of the annual report, given by the Cornwall Croquet Club’s Chairman, at the club’s Annual General Meeting last week. Ron George went on to record the achievements of the teams that played in the various leagues of the SW Federation of Croquet Clubs. The club won The Federation Shield, for low handicap Association Croquet players, which gives it entry into this season’s Secretary’s Shield – an inter-club national competition. One of the two golf-croquet teams reached the final with an unbeaten run, but just failed to win the trophy. In the other two Association-Croquet leagues, the club came equal first in each of the SW Area leagues, but failed to progress to the area finals due to the count back rules. Three members of the club played in the Cornwall and Devon team in the Inter-Counties Tournament in Brighton, but had lost out in a draw for places in this year’s event.
The Chairman went on to report that club tournaments had been very well supported, with some of the Golf-Croquet ones being almost over-subscribed. In spite of the ‘barbecue summer’, none of the tournaments had been affected by rain. The Association Croquet Winter Ladder had again been replaced with a short-lawn-type running competition that, after a very closely-run finish, was won by Tony Dyson. So successful had the format proved to be that it has been decided to replace the Summer Ladder with a similar competition. Two new tournaments had been started during the year: one for Level-play Association Croquet, and one for Association Novices.
The club Treasurer, Paul Lewis, reported a successful financial season, with playing membership well into the fifties. He said that 18 new members had helped to ensure that club was not running at a loss, and he proposed that there should be no increase in subscriptions for the coming year.
The president, Howard Rosevear, congratulated the club on a successful season and thanked those whose efforts had made it possible. He said that provision of a third lawn is being looked at, but that there are considerations of cost and also safety, due to the proximity of the golf driving range.
|Peter Cutting receiving the Daphne Jennings Memorial Trophy
for the most improved player.
|Tony Dyson receiving the Winter Short Lawn Tournament Trophy from Chairman Ron George.|
Photos by Stephen Read (with apologies for the poor quality)